By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
OKLAHOMA CITY – Three Del City wrestlers made it to the medal stand Saturday night during the Class 5A boys wrestling state championships at State Fair Arena.
Deontre Buttram placed third at 165 pounds and Evan Colbert (106) and Dimitri Kizer (126) each finished fourth at the state tournament.
Buttram pinned his first opponent in the wrestle-in round, but dropped his second in a 6-4 decision against Pryor’s Kade Edmonds. Buttram rebounded with a major decision and a fall to reach the third-place match. His final opponent Alfredo Zapata of Santa Fe South forfeited the match.
Colbert started the tournament with a fall in the wrestle-in round. He pinned Thomas Edison’s Zane Jackson with less than a minute left and let out a yell in celebration. Colbert lost his second match, but advanced to the medal round with back-to-back wins. He came up short in the third-place match, losing in a 5-3 decision against Elgin’s Brice Martin.
“It was kind of a disappointing end to it, but it feels nice to medal at state,” Colbert said. “I still have two more years, so I’m going to be at the top of the podium by the end of it.”
Kizer also won his first match but dropped the second against eventual state champion Eli Kirk of Guthrie. The freshman moved to the consolation bracket where he split his final two matches for fourth place.
“This is my first year being here, so I just wanted to win a medal this year,” Kizer said.
Jo’Quan Howard (144) and Ricklan Holmes (190) also competed at the state tournament.